Florence and the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch and music icon Eric Clapton joined the Rolling Stones onstage at their "50 and Counting" anniversary show at London's O2 Arena on November 29.
Clapton sat in with the band on "Champagne & Reefer," trading licks with Ronnie Wood and then letting loose with a gritty solo on Muddy Waters' slow-burning blues. Not to be outdone, Keith Richards dialed in a stinging lead turn of his own before Mick Jagger brought the song home.
Welch joined the Stones for "Gimme Shelter," and the Florence and the Machine singer immediately got in Jagger's face as they sang – and strutted – back and forth. Jagger seemed startled once or twice by her closeness, but he rolled with it, dancing around her and egging her on. Welch made the most of her appearance, embracing Jagger, Richards and Wood in turn at the end of the song before dashing to the drum riser to enfold Charlie Watts in a hug.
The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50th anniversary tour there on November 26, with former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor reuniting with the band and Jeff Beck and Mary J. Blige also taking the stage.
Next up, the Rolling Stones take their "50 and Counting" tour to the USA, where the rockers will perform at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on December 8th
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